Mexico’s AeroMexico airline and its ad agency have apologized for a producer’s casting call for an ad that specified that only light-skinned people need apply.
Mexico’s population is largely dark-skinned, but Mexican television ads routinely feature light-skinned actors, sparking accusations of discrimination.
The commercial has not yet been made, but a casting call for actors specified “nobody dark skinned” and requested “white skin.”
The Catatonia ad agency said this week it regretted the situation and that a third company that sent out the casting call had used inappropriate language.
Aeromexico also apologized, and blamed Catatonia for the “discriminatory attitude” of the casting call.